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Located on the banks of the Wisconsin River, Wausau has always served as a manufacturing hub of the region, but the city’s economy has diversified over the years and expanded into the insurance sector, banking, and tourism. Due to Wausau’s large number of remaining manufacturing jobs, workplace accidents are common and may result in severe injuries.
Wausau workers should all understand their rights and protections under workers’ compensation.
If you’ve sustained an on-the-job injury in Wausau, contact the legal team at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers to discuss the details of your accidents and determine your eligibility to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. We have an office conveniently located in Wausau, and we have decades of combined experience representing individuals like you.
Call us today, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation. We handle workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis. We Win or You Don’t Pay—That’s the Nicolet Way.
At Nicolet Law Firm, we’ve represented over 3,000 individuals and secured over $34 million in compensation for our past clients. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, we can point to our past results as an indication of our experience and familiarity with Wausau’s workers’ compensation laws.
Manufacturing makes up nearly one-third of Wausau’s economy, but it’s balanced by service and industry.
We can help you with workers’ compensation cases involving most of the top employers in the area, including:
Every state in the nation has a workers’ compensation program that provides benefits to workers who become injured or ill at the workplace. Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that most employers are required to provide for their employees. This no-fault policy is activated on day one of your employment, meaning you will not have a time while you are working that this policy does not cover you, and you do not have to prove that someone’s negligence caused your injury or illness.
Workplace injuries or illnesses in Wisconsin amount to around 20,000 workers’ compensation claims each year. The injuries that workers most frequently suffer here include strains, most commonly as a result of lifting; slip and fall or trip and fall accidents from a height or the same elevation; and injuries occurring due to the worker getting struck by falling or flying objects.
The types of injuries and illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation include:
Injured or ill workers in Wausau can obtain benefits through workers’ compensation that include:
Wisconsin workers’ comp provides wage loss benefits according to the level of your disability.
The four levels of disability include:
All workers’ comp claims begin as temporary disability claims until a determination is made on whether the disability will be permanent. There are no benefits provided for temporary illnesses or injuries for the first three days of missed work. If your illness or injury results in you missing more than seven days of work, then all the days in which work you were too injured to work will be compensated.
Workers who become injured or ill due to a workplace condition or activity can obtain medical coverage for their injury or illness, including hospitalization, diagnostic tests, labs, surgical or physician services, prescription medication, physical therapy and rehabilitation, the provision of prosthetic limbs, a wheelchair, crutches, or other mobility assistance.
Wisconsin’s Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to allow their employee to choose his or her own physician. If the employee is not satisfied with the services he or she received from the physician, the employee can have one more choice before the employer or insurance company selects a physician to treat the illness or injury.
To obtain your medical benefits, you must inform your employer immediately of your injury unless it is a medical emergency that requires you to be treated before you can make your report. Even if you suffer a minor injury that you don’t believe requires medical treatment, you should always report it to your employer anyway, just in case you ultimately have to have it treated. This provides a paper trail that can help prove the time and manner in which the injury occurred.
If your loved one died as the result of a workplace injury or illness, you can obtain death benefits from the Wisconsin workers’ compensation program.
These benefits include:
If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, workers’ compensation very well could be the deciding factor in your ability to pay your bills and the expenses of life.
If you suffered an injury or illness while at your Wausau workplace or while performing tasks within the normal scope of your employment while under the direction and control of your employer, read on answers to some of the questions our Wausau clients most frequently ask about filing a workers’ compensation claim in Wausau.
To obtain your workers’ compensation benefits, follow these steps:
You have a maximum of 30 days in which to report the accident either verbally or in writing, providing your name, the date, the type of injury you have suffered and which body part it involved, the circumstances of your injury or illness, and if you sought medical treatment for the condition. Do not wait to report the injury, as this can lead to questions about whether the accident really happened at work or if you injured yourself somewhere else and said it happened at work.
Yes. Workers’ compensation claims can be denied.
Common reasons claim denials include:
If your claim is denied, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. Workers’ compensation appeals can take place through a formal hearing before an administrative law judge or can involve a less-formal alternative dispute resolution.
Without an attorney, you will likely use the alternative dispute resolution process. To obtain a hearing, you will complete an application for hearing form and submit that along with supporting evidence of your claim, such as medical documentation. If you have an attorney, you have the choice of options. Often, those who choose alternative dispute resolution will request a hearing if that process doesn’t produce the desired results.
When the hearing has been completed, the administrative law judge will consider the evidence that has been submitted and the information that you provided in the hearing to reach a decision. If you disagree with the administrative law judge’s decision, you can take your case to the next level of appeal, which is made to the state’s Labor & Industry Review Commission. If that doesn’t produce a decision that you are satisfied with, you can appeal to the circuit court. Your workers’ compensation attorney can provide you with more information about each of these processes.
Some programs are not affected by the receipt of workers’ compensation benefits. For example, individuals collect disability benefits from the Veterans Administration while obtaining workers’ compensation without an impact on the ability to collect benefits from either program.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and workers’ compensation are not always compatible, however. This is because workers’ compensation benefits usually put the individual over the maximum income level they can have and still retain SSDI benefits.
Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can help you understand which assistance programs are available to you given the circumstances of your disability, and the potential impacts of workers’ compensation on your eligibility for other programs.
Federal and state laws prevent employers from retaliating against workers who file a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, most employers do not actually provide an illegal reason for a termination, but find a different, legally permitted excuse. If you believe that you were fired or otherwise retaliated against for filing a workers’ compensation claim, let your attorney know as soon as possible.
You will need an attorney to assist you if problems arise with your claim, such as you were denied coverage and need assistance with your appeal.
We understand that many people are afraid of the cost of hiring an attorney to help them with their claims. However, we provide two cost-friendly services to ensure that you get the help you need, regardless of your current financial status.
Those services include:
Let our Wausau workers’ compensation lawyers help you make sense of the process of obtaining compensation for your work-related injury. Get your free case evaluation by calling us at (715) 716-5092 or by contacting us online.
408 3rd Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Phone: (715) 716-5092